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BIGGEST ACQUISITION

Investcorp buys US industrial portfolios for $800m

MANAMA, 14 days ago

Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced that its US-based real estate team has acquired a portfolio of 126 industrial properties totalling 10.2 million sq ft across five major metropolitan areas through two separate transactions for a total capitalisation of approximately $800 million.
 
Mohammed Alardhi, executive chairman of Investcorp, said: “Our real estate business and the US market have been and will continue to be key drivers of our growth strategy. We are excited to build upon our position as one of the largest international buyers of US real estate through this transaction, which represents the biggest real estate portfolio acquisition in our history. This milestone demonstrates our confidence in the US market, our team’s prowess in identifying attractive investment opportunities with strong underlying fundamentals, and our ability to deploy greater capital behind our convictions.” 
 
Alardhi continued: “With consumers and businesses increasingly demanding faster deliveries, industrial real estate assets close to major population centers will only become more important to efficient supply chains and enabling e-commerce. We have been actively building our industrial and logistics portfolio to capitalise on the opportunities of this secular growth trend and these transactions represent a major next step in our efforts.”  
 
The acquisition provides Investcorp with a 91.5% leased portfolio of Class A and B warehouse, distribution, and light manufacturing/research and development buildings across logistics, e-commerce, industrial chemicals, and food services industries, among others. The portfolio comprises properties located across the major industrial markets of Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Memphis, Tennessee, a statement said.
 
Babak Sultani, managing director in real estate investment at Investcorp, said: “We have carefully assembled a robust industrial real estate portfolio of strategically-located assets in key markets. The opportunity to acquire these properties is consistent with our established criteria for real estate investments that generate stable cash flows, have high occupancies and are located in some of the most desirable industrial, logistics hubs across the country. With e-commerce continuing to drive demand for industrial and logistics assets nationally, we are pleased to further enhance our platform through this transaction.” 
 
In the 12 months ending June 30, 2019, Investcorp has ranked as the fifth largest international buyer of US real estate, according to Real Capital Analytics. Investcorp currently owns approximately 240 industrial properties across the US totaling more than 20 million square feet, including this latest acquisition, the statement said. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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